Dayara Bugyal Trek
Dayara Bugyal Trekking
Area : Garhwal Himalayas
Trip Duration : 5 nights / 6days
Trip Grade : Easy to moderate
Highest Point : 3657 mts (Bakaria Top)
Highest Camping Point : 3150 mts
Best Time To Go : Mid April to June – September to November
Bugyal in the local language means "High Altitude Meadow". Dayara Bugyal is one of the most beautiful places in Uttaranchal. Situated at an elevation ranging 10,000 - 12,000 ft, this vast meadow is second to none in natural beauty in Uttranchal. During winter, it provides excellent and one of the best ski slopes in India spreading over an area of 28 sq/km.
The road to Dayara Bugyal branches off near Bhatwari, a place on Uttarkashi Gangotri road, about 35 km from Uttarkashi. Vehicles can go up to the village of Barsu from where one has to trek a distance of about 9 km to reach Dayara. Another route is via village Raithal which is 10 km from Bhatwari. From here one has to trek about 7 km to Dayara Bugyal.
Dayara Bugyal Trek Itenary
Day 01: Drive Rishikesh to Barsu(2250mts, 6/7 hrs)
We leave at dawn break and drive to Barsu which is a day long journey. We pass through the towns of Chamba and Uttarkashi. Barsu is a small village about 32 kms from Uttarkashi and is on the way to Gangotri. The drive to Barsu from Uttarkashi is along with Bhagirathi River. Barsu is the base camp for DayaraBugyal trek, Overnight Camp at Barsu.
Day 02: Trek Barsu to DayaraBugyal (3150 mts, 6/7 hrs)
Finish breakfast and get ready to trek up! The schedule is as such that today we trek from Barsu to DayaraBugyal which is a walk with a good views of the Himalayas all around. As we end thescend at Dayara, the vast meadow unfolds in front of us. The meadow is like a table top as you set foot on the meadow the sight of the mighty Himalayas surrounds you. Srikanth, Rudregaira, Gangotri I, II & III,Jaonli, DraupadikaDanda I & II, Black peak, Bandarpunch and many other unnamed peaks are visible from DayaraBugyal meadow. Thrilled but tired enough to hit the sacks immediately. Overnight camp at Dayara.
Day 03: Trek DayaraBugyal to Bakaria Top (3657 mts) and back to DayaraBugyal
Bakaria Top is the highest point of DayaraBugyal, it's a steep ascent to Bakaria top. DayaraBugyal is divided into many small bugyals and Bakaria top is one of them. We start trek along the meadows and gain altitude gradually till we reach Bakaria Top. The views from the top take your breath away. Snowcapped mountains, Valley deep below, towns as far as Uttarkashi can be seen from the top. It offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire Greater Himalayas. We descend back to Dayara to camp for the night.
Day 04: Trek DayaraBugyal to Pichkiya (2400 mts, 5-6 hrs.)
We begin our descent to Pichkiya. We walk through the vast stretches of the alpine meadows and the sub alpine forests. Pichiya campsite is a small grassland situated in between the alpine forests. The inner dry valleys, dwarf rhododendrons grow along with patches of grasslands near the campsite. Overnight camp Pichkiya.
Day 05: Trek Pichikya to Barsu (2250 mts, 3 -4 hrs.)
We descend down to Barsu along a well-marked trail through the thick forests. The village of Barsu and the adjoining settlements can be sighted half way down the trail. We each Barsu by afternoon and camp for the night.
Day 06: Drive Barsu to Rishikesh.
After breakfast we drive back to Rishikesh with the sweet memories of the trip. Upon arrival in Rishikesh trip ends.